A ring of steel is to be placed around Lancashire as part of a Christmas crackdown on armed robberies.
Officers, including specialists from the road policing, support and armed response units, will be carrying out extra patrols on key arterial routes in and out of the county, and roadside checks to identify any criminals who may try to travel into Lancashire to commit offences.
New mobile fingerprint scanners will be used to check people’s identity and cross-reference them against the national fingerprint database.
Supt Peter O’Dwyer from Lancashire Police said: “The North West has seen significant reductions in cash-in-transit robberies in recent years. Our message to criminals contemplating carrying out these kind of crimes in the run-up to Christmas is clear – we will find you and we will make sure you spend the festive season behind bars.
“In partnership with colleagues from other North West forces, we are carrying out a range of activities to prevent and detect offences and we are using every tactic at our disposal, including the very latest technology, to combat crime.
“People in Lancashire should be reassured that we are doing everything possible to target criminals.”